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As Gas Prices Rise, GOP Wants Even More Handouts to Big Oil

This is a cross-post from Think Progress.

Though oil demand is at its lowest since 1997, oil prices (and gas prices along with them) are once again on the rise.

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Workers at SoCal Carwashes Win First Contracts

Workers at SoCal Carwashes Win First Contracts

Workers at two more Southern California carwashes won their first contracts with carwash owners after they voted last year to join the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 675.

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From Fargo to Findlay, Locked-Out Workers Journey for Justice

Locked-out workers from American Crystal Sugar and Cooper Tire will begin a 1,000-mile Journey for Justice tomorrow from Fargo, N.D., to Findlay, Ohio. The journey will highlight the corporate greed that marks their lockouts, and the growing drive by corporate CEOs to drive down wages and benefits to pad their own pockets.

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Join Occupy College Teach-Ins

On more than 120 college and university campuses around the nation, Occupy College activists will hold teach-ins tomorrow and Thursday focusing on vital education issues such as solutions to soaring student debt, reducing the cost of education, improving the quality of education and more. The teach-ins are in preparation for the March 1 National Day of Action for Education.

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Colbert Will Have a Job after Family Medical Leave, Will You?

Colbert Will Have a Job after Family Medical Leave, Will You?

Over at Forbes, Susan Adams notes that Steven Colbert took family medical leave to be with his mother, and asks: Does Law Protect Your Right to Do the Same?

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Laughter and Activism Work Together in Portland

Work—and laughter—does connect us all and that couldn’t have been more true than Sunday night in Portland, Ore., when the comedians of Laughter Works Comedy tour took the stage before a full house at the Helium Club.

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Unions, NDLON Joined by Fight for Workers’ Rights and Immigrant Rights

"Immigration policy is work policy,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) conference in Los Angeles this morning.

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German Delegation Here to Support T-Mobile Workers

A delegation of workers and a member of the German Parliament is in the United States this week to show solidarity with T-Mobile workers and shed a light on the double-standard practices of T-Mobile’s German parent company, Deutsche Telekom.

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Affordable Care Act Means Premium Rebates for Consumers

One of the Affordable Care Act’s most important consumer protection provisions requires health insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on actual medical care, not wasteful administration, marketing or executive pay and bonuses. The health care reform law requires insurers that do not meet the 80 percent threshold (also known as the medical loss ratio) to provide rebates to their customers.

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1912 San Diego Free Speech Fight Has Lesson for Today

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the fight for free speech in San Diego after the city—in response to an organizing drive by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)—banned public speaking in a popular downtown area. In this cross-post from the California Labor Federation’s Labor’s Edge blog, Lorena Gonzalez, secretary-treasurer and CEO for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, looks at the 100-year-old fight for workers’ rights and today’s struggle for worker justice.

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